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Volume 28 Number 2
 


COVER STORY

Free The Problems with the Common Core


By Stan Karp


The rollout of the Common Core has seemed more like a marketing campaign than an educational plan. A look at the funders, origins, and uses of the new standards shows why the pushback is building.

Free La problemática de los Estándares Comunes Estatales


Por Stan Karp, Traducido por Nicholas Yurchenco y Andreina Velasco


La introducción de los Estándares Comunes se ha parecido más a una campaña publicitaria que a un plan educativo. Un análisis de los fondos, orígenes y usos de los nuevos estándares demuestra por qué la resistencia en contra de ellos está creciendo.

Free Martin Luther King Jr. and the Common Core

A critical reading of close reading


By Daniel E. Ferguson


The chief architect of the Common Core created a model lesson of a close reading of King's “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” A teacher from Birmingham compares that to King's own critical reading of the “word” and the “world.”

FEATURES

Free Trayvon Martin and My Students

Writing toward justice


By Linda Christensen


President Obama's speech about the Zimmerman acquittal in Trayvon Martin's murder—and Cornel West's response—are rich sources for students learning how to analyze, evaluate, and critique.

Free Sex Talk on the Carpet

Incorporating gender and sexuality into 5th-grade curriculum


By Valdine Ciwko


Instead of leaving “the puberty talk” to the nurse, an elementary teacher incorporates age-appropriate discussion into her regular classroom routine.

Free Hablar de sexo en el salón de clases

Incorporar el género y la sexualidad en el currículo de 5to Grado


Por Valdine Ciwko, Traducido por César Peña-Sandoval


En lugar de dejarle “la charla” sobre la pubertad a la enfermera de la escuela, una maestra de primaria incorpora a las rutinas de la clase discusiones adecuadas para la edad de sus alumnos.

Looking for Justice at Turkey Creek

Out of the classroom and into the past


By Hardy Thames


High school students embed themselves in a community's history and people when they study the impact of “development” on historically African American Turkey Creek in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Greed as a Weapon

Teaching the other war in Iraq


By Adam Sanchez


A high school teacher uses a role-play to explore the economic dimensions of the war in Iraq.

DEPARTMENTS

Free Editorial

Connecting the Dots


By the editors of Rethinking Schools


Free Letters to the Editor

Free Good Stuff

Awareness of the Natural World


By Herbert Kohl


Free Resources

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